Monday, February 1, 2016

Use Red to Improve Well-being

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In honor of American Heart Month (February) and National Wear Red Day on Friday Feb. 5, 2016 I’ve selected red as my featured color for February. 

This post has been updated and this year "Wear Red Day" is Friday Feb. 3, 2017.

This post has been updated and this year "Wear Red Day" is Friday Feb. 2, 2018.

February is a fabulous month to celebrate red, the color of heart health, passion, excitement, enthusiasm, love, fire, and Valentine's Day.

Heart Month officially started in the 1960’s when our president at the time, Lyndon Baines Johnson, designated February in this special way. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Million Hearts ®, a national effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017, urge you to check your blood pressure. If it's high, make control your goal. High blood pressure is a major contributor to heart attacks. Heart Month and Control of High Blood Pressure.

I encourage all you lovely women out there to join the American Heart Association Campaign and me to “Go Red for Women.”  Wear red and click on this link for additional ideas about Preventing Heart Disease.

If you are a male reader, here's 7 Simple Tips for Heart Health.

Michael Greger M.D. explains why a plant based diet, free of cholesterol and saturated animal fats, has been so successful in preventing and treating Heart Disease, the #1 killer in the U.S. Here are studies that back up this information. Heart Disease and Your Eating Plan.

Red is a symbol of a healthy heart. “As the heart beats, it pumps blood through a system of blood vessels, called the circulatory system. The vessels are elastic, muscular tubes that carry blood to every part of the body. In addition to carrying fresh oxygen from the lungs and nutrients to the body's tissues, it also takes the body's waste products, including carbon dioxide away from the tissues. This is necessary to sustain life and promote the health of all parts of the body.” See more from WebMD.

Red is a lively color for exercise attire and is a perfect accent color in your exercise room. Red can speed up metabolism and energize you. Participate in some form of aerobic exercise a minimum of 30 minutes on most days for good heart health. Red can also increase appetite. Unless you need to gain weight, don't get an industrial stove in red or display red accent pieces in the kitchen or dining room, as seeing red in these areas can stimulate overeating.

Red reminds you to amp-up healthful eating practices. Read books, blogs, the Web, and talk to your health care providers to learn new ways to reduce or eliminate saturated and trans-fats. Take a nutrition course to investigate why it's so important to eat more fruits, veggies, and unprocessed plant based food. 

Meal planning that includes portion control, yet includes a variety of colorful organic fruits and vegetables is important on any eating plan. When you eat organic products and those labeled Non GMO Project Verified you avoid eating genetically modified food that can cause food allergies, digestion problems, weight gain, and other serious conditions.

Experts suggest a possible link between long term stress and heart health, so get psychological, career, or financial counseling, when you are troubled by lifestyle issues. Meditation, prayer, and self-care practices like doing yoga, journal writing, and reaching out for emotional support from others helps counteract the negative effects of stress. Read How Stress can Wreak Havoc on Your Body.

The color red can signal danger, so use it to help you envision that salt shaker wrapped in a warning sign cloak of red. Reduce salt intake to manage high blood pressure. Reduce red meat consumption, because it usually contains high levels of LDL Cholesterol, and low levels of HDL. 

It makes good health sense and saves money too, when you prevent health issues from becoming serious ones. Nonetheless, it's never too late to improve health by quitting smoking or drug use, curtailing alcohol consumption, and seeking professional help when the efforts you have used to stop aren't effective. 

Red is a call to action color. Discover how many ways red can motivate and support you as you leap forward with passion and heart-felt enthusiasm to take care of your health and heart by thinking RED.

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  1. Thanks for making think about incorporating more red in my every day. Go red!

  2. I enjoyed reading the many attributes of the color red. Last year I went to a Wear Red party and that was an exciting experience for the eyes.

    1. Bet the Wear Red Party was exciting. I noticed my TV news anchor was wearing red yesterday, and that made me happy! Thanks Krista for your input. Hugs, Nancy Andres

  3. Hi Nancy, Last year I attended a Wear Red party and the room was filled with reds. This was an interesting experience. Sometimes we are oblivious to how we are affected by color. Your post brought this powerful aspect of life back into view. And I love the king about February as heart health month with Valentine's Day tucked inside. Thanks!

  4. :). To rephrase what you said, "Mindfulness is a powerful self-care tool and humor lightens everything!" Nancy Andres

  5. Thanks for reminding us all of the importance of heart health and bringing that together with the vibrancy of red!

    1. You are so welcome. Wishing you a heartwarming day. Nancy Andres

  6. Red is a powerful colour! A force not to be reckoned with in the kitchen ;)
    Thank you for sharing your article at Healthy Vegan Fridays! I enjoy reading about the colour red and tips for heart health =)

    1. LOL. You are so right Kim. Have a beautiful, happy weekend. Nancy Andres


  7. So insightful! Now I know why I gravitate to the color Red so often! Thank you for sharing value of the color Red with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m Pinning and sharing.

  8. Hi Nancy - These are great tips for heart health - and overall health. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let's Get Real party.

    1. My pleasure Gaye. Wish Heart Disease was a thing of the past. I believe education and treatment are so important to stop minor problems from becoming major ones. Have a Happy Evening. Nancy Andres